Chelmsford Police ask students to stop playing “Assassins” game

A tradition at Chelmsford High School may be over for the time being after the Chelmsford Police asked students to discontinue the popular game.

Students were playing a game called "Assassins," where two-person teams pursued their assigned targets with water guns and inherited the targets of those they successfully squirted.

The last team to avoid getting squirted with water is the winner.

But police say the game was leading to an increased number of calls and complaints into police, or what Chelmsford Police called "nuisance calls."

"The Chelmsford Police Department and Chelmsford Public Schools do not sanction or condone the Chelmsford High School tradition of the Assassins game," Chief James Spinney said. "Fortunately, no one has been injured as a result of this game, but the increasingly aggressive behavior of participants can create very dangerous situations for the players and those around them.

"We want our students to have fun and enjoy their senior year, but we need them to do so in a way that is safe and responsible for everyone."

According to the release by the Chelmsford Police, the game has long been a tradition for graduating seniors at Chelmsford High. But documented incidents this year include a minor motor vehicle crash, an unauthorized entry into a home, and rocks thrown at one residence.

Chelmsford Police School Resource Officer Rebecca Tyros discussed the dangers of the game with students and asked the organizing seniors to terminate the game. Police say the students were cooperative and have ended the game.

Police say that there have been no injuries in any of these games and there are currently no active criminal investigations related to any incidents stemming from the game.

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